A Raheem Sterling strike, a spot kick from Steven Gerrard and a magnificent individual goal by Alberto Moreno earned Liverpool a 0-3 win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
Sterling tapped Liverpool in front after eight minutes and Gerrard’s penalty ensured that his team would be going back to Anfield with three points.
Alberto Moreno’s marauding run and finish ended any Tottenham hopes of a comeback.
Liverpool began the game in typically dynamic fashion, new signing Mario Balotelli had a header saved after just two minutes.
They did not have to wait long for their opener however as Sterling converted from Jordan Henderson’s squared ball just six minutes later.
The Reds began the second half much like they did the first, scoring three minutes after the interval with a Gerrard penalty. Joe Allen was bundled over in the box by Eric Dier who failed to win the ball but the contact was minimal.
Moreno’s first goal in England sealed the win, a powerful unchallenged sprint down the left flank which culmiated in the Spaniard lashing the ball off the inside of the post and in. Lightly reminiscing the sort of goals Gareth Bale scored in the same stadium once upon a time.
Brendan Rodgers’ boys should have made it four after a jinking run but did too much and his final product was a tame shot straight at Hugo Lloris when it was arguably easier to score.
It could have been a totally different game though had firstly Emmanuel Adebayor flick over Simon Mignolet gone under the bar rather than over sixty seconds after Sterling’s opener.
Nacer Chadli also had a half volley superbly saved by Mignolet just before half time.
Tottenham’s game was summed up in second half stoppage time, being denied a penalty for a shirt tug on Adebayor.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Dier, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose (Davies ’72), Bentaleb (Dembele ’59), Capoue, Chadli, Eriksen (Townsend ’59), Lamela, Adebayor
Subs not used: Friedel, Chiriches, Holtby, Kane
Liverpool: Mignolet, Manquillo, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Henderson, Gerrard, Allen (Can ’61), Sterling (Enrique ’86), Sturridge, Balotelli (Markovic ’61)
Subs not used: Jones, Toure, Lambert, Coutinho
Man of the match: Raheem Sterling